The Magic of Dog Management


Sometimes the "fix" for our dogs behavior can be something so simple we don’t even think about it. That’s where the magic of management comes in.

All dogs come into this world exhibiting natural behaviors that require some degree of modification if they are going to live in harmony with their human pack.

Some of these behaviors include :

Rather than punishing your dog for acting like a dog, use management to prevent problem behaviors and teach your dog how you would like him to behave.

Management not only prevents many problem behaviors from occurring, it can dramatically decrease the likelihood of bad habits developing. If a puppy doesn’t have the opportunity to chew shoes while he's young, there’s a very good chance he will never have an interest in chewing shoes.

 Get your relationship started on the right foot by using management to set your dog up for success!

* Tip -  if you find yourself saying “Fido - NO!” all the time, there’s a very good chance you are not taking full advantage of the management tools listed below.

Management Tools:

Enclosures Doors, gates, fences, crates, tethers, baby gates or exercise pens

Keep all new puppies and dogs from getting into trouble by confining them to a safe area when they can’t be supervised; teach household rules, and then gradually provide freedom as your dogs behavior permits.

Equipment Leash, collar, body harness and head halter

If your dog is pulling on the leash consider using a control body harness or head halter to ensure the pulling behavior doesn’t become a bad habit.  You can then train your dog how to walk on a standard collar without pulling.

Exercise I list exercise as a Management Tool because there is often a direct correlation between how well a dog behaves and the amount of exercise provided.  A well-exercised dog is far more likely to behave than the dog that gets little or no exercise and needs to find "creative" ways to release pent-up energy. Every dog needs mental and physical exercise on a daily basis.

A Well Exercised Dog IS A Good Dog !

*Tip – dogs usually benefit greatly from any exercise that occurs in the morning.

 Exercise Ideas:

* Tip - rotate toys to help keep your dogs interest in them high, rather than leaving all toys out and available to your dog at all times.

How Management Works:

Your dog can’t jump all over young children, nip at their heels or steal their food if you closely monitor all interaction. Dogs should not be allowed to interact with young children unsupervised until taught how to behave appropriately around them.

Your dog is far less likely to display inappropriate behavior if he is adequately exercised.

Management alone doesn’t usually teach your dog how to behave, but it sure can make life easier while you’re working through the training process. And there may be times when you choose use management as a permanent solution instead of training. For example, you could choose to make trash inaccessible rather than training your dog to stay out of it. That would be fairer than yelling at your dog every time you returned home and found trash on the floor.

Puppies and newly adopted dogs should be closely managed when first brought home.  You can gradually relax the use of many management tools as their training progresses and behavior permits.

Cynthia Edgerly, owner of Bingo! Dog Training in Watsonville, CA, is a Professional Dog Trainer & Certified Dog Behavior Consultant.

Bingo Dog Training proudly provides boarding school for dogs, private dog lessons, group training classes and dog behavior help in the following California cities: santa cruz, prunedale, aromas, freedom, corralitos, seaside, marina, pacific grove, scotts valley, watsonville, castroville, salinas, carmel, aptos, soquel, ben lomond, felton, pebble beach.